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Park Rules & Suggested Behavior

Official Chicago Dog Friendly Area rules:


  • Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.

  • Owners must remain with and watch their dogs at all times.

  • Dogs must be leashed prior to and upon leaving the DFA. Gates to the DFAs must remain closed except upon entering and exiting the DFA.

  • Owners must immediately clean up after their dogs. Owners who fail to clean up after their dogs are subject to a fine of up to $500.00 (City of Chicago Ordinance 7-12-420).

  • Dogs with a known history of, or who exhibit, dangerous behaviors are prohibited.

  • Dogs must be healthy, fully immunized, dewormed, licensed and comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs.

  • No dog will be allowed in a DFA unless it has a current rabies vaccination.

  • Dog owners are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the DFA.

  • No Food (human or dog food) is allowed inside the DFA

  • Owners or other responsible persons must have a DFA permit with them for each dog visiting the DFA.

  • DFA permits are valid from January 1 through December 31 each year.

  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; younger children must be closely supervised.

  • Only three dogs per person allowed.

  • Puppies under four months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited.

  • Failure to comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs can result in a fine of up to $500.00.

The Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control mandated that the Park District issue permits for all off-leash dogs using Dog Friendly Areas. This regulation will be enforced by Deputies of the Department of Animal and Rabies Control. Any patron using a DFA without a permit is subject to a $500 fine.


The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a DFA must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. The veterinarian will issue a permit for any dog when the dog’s owner or other person responsible for the dog shows the following:

  1. The owner or other responsible person produces a current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination.

  2. The owner must complete a Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit Application for each dog. The owner shall provide written proof acceptable to the Park District showing that a licensed veterinarian (or other authorized person) has performed a fecal test for parasites and vaccinated any dog entering a DFA for the following diseases:

    1. Distemper

    2. Hepatitis

    3. Para influenza; and

    4. Parvovirus

    5. Bordetella

    6. Leptospirosis

    (Current titers where applicable will also be acceptable) After issuance of a permit, the dog owner is responsible for keeping immunizations  current.

  3. The owner must agree to abide by the Chicago Park District Rules and Regulations of a Dog Friendly Area.

Link to Chicago Park District Page

Wavier & Release of Liability

By entering this park I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the City of Chicago ("City") and its officers, agents, and employees from any and all lawsuits, damages, claims, judgments, loss, liability, or expenses arising out of 1) any death or personal injuries or property damage which I may sustain or which I or my animal may cause while I am using this park or any equipment owned by or under the control of the City, or while participating in any activity sponsored by the City, or 2) any death or injury which results or increases by any action taken to medically treat me. The terms above shall apply whether or not the alleged injury is also caused by or arises out of any dangerous condition of property, or the alleged negligence or any acts or omissions of the City, or its officers, agents, or employees.


I also understand that the City does not carry insurance to cover users of this park. I understand there are risks associated with this park, and I assume the risk of any injuries that my animal or I may sustain at this park

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